Skip to main content

making faces :: autumn additions [nars, guerlain]

i've already waxed "poetic" on my love for fall makeup and makeup trends, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that i indulged in a couple of autumnal treats courtesy of nars and guerlain. and it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that i'm very happy with both, given that these are two of my favourite brands. both are extremely reliable [which is not to say infallible, but true misses are rare] and, while they both fall into the "special occasion" price range [particularly guerlain], the occasions when you wear them will, indeed, be pretty special.

my new gigolo
first up, we have one of three new rouge g lipsticks from guerlain that have launched for fall. a lot of the attention for this collection is going to go [with reason] to the new eye shadow quads which are replacing the ones that guerlain had had as part of their permanent range. those are beautiful, but i really have a weakness for deep, jewel-toned lips and the new shade "gigolo" is right up my alley. it's not dark enough that i'd call it a really "vampy" lip colour, but, like most of the rouge g's, it's incredibly saturated, rich and opaque. it's a reddened type of berry shade, almost literally the colour of raspberries on the vine.

SEE WHAT'S NEW[ISH] FROM NARS AND A LOOK FEATURING PRODUCTS IN ACTION...



although the formula on these lipsticks is normally phenomenal [surprisingly lightweight for such intense colour payoff and moist without feeling greasy], this one actually seems to be an improvement. i'm incredibly fussy about fading colour and i wore this for eight hours, including a snack and a few pints of cider without having to retouch. although my lips lost a bit of their sheen, the colour remained a really intense stain [and yes, your lips will look like you just had a popsicle when you finally remove the colour at home]. even by guerlain's lofty standards, they knocked this one out of the proverbial park.

the problem, of course, is cost. i'll admit that i took advantage of a gift certificate for mine, because parting with $50cad for a lipstick is hard to justify. but if you can justify it, this is definitely the way to go. [if it makes you feel any better, guerlain are actually one of the few companies that minimises the gap between canadian and american pricing, so those south of the border are going to pay through the teeth too.]

grand palais, gigolo
second, we have nars' "grand palais" eye shadow duo, an unlikely combination of a cool taupe [with a slight carnation-pink sheen you really only pick up in person] and an antique rose colour, a sort of browned medium pink that i normally would take for a blush. pink shades around the eyes can be a bit tricky ["is that a rash?"], but somehow, these come together just perfectly. i did not look like i had some sort of infection and, in fact, the duo looks quite elegant in use. both shades are very soft and easy to work with. the taupe side can be applied a little more sheerly for a lighter shade, although i actually prefer to get the full effect.

nars duos are $38cad each and give you a lot of product for the money. they're ideal for a quick look, since they're made to go together, although i find that this one works especially well with a highlight colour added. although it's part of the fall collection, my understanding is that this duo will become part of the regular nars offering.

here's a surprisingly quick look i did using both of these new products. i think it's the kind of thing that would actually work on a variety of skin tones, from light [me] to dark, because the palette is pretty conservative.

eyes ::

nars e/s duo "grand palais"
mac e/s "dazzlelight"
mac e/s "satin taupe"
mac superslick liquid liner "on the hunt"
diorshow mascara

cheeks ::
nars blush "new order"
mac blush "amazon princess"

lips ::
guerlain rouge g "gigolo"

Comments

as long as you're here, why not read more?

dreamspeak

ok, so i've been lax about posting here. i apologise. there are reasons. i don't know if they'ree good reasons, but they include:


i've had a lot of work to do, which is nice because i'm a freelancer and things tend to slow down in the summer, so the more work i get now, the less i have to worry about later [in theory].i started watching the handmaid's tale. i was a little hesitant because i didn't actually like the novel very much; i found it heavy-handed and predictable. the series relies on the novel for about 80% of its first season plot but i nevertheless find it spellbinding. where i felt that the novel beat readers with its politics, the series does a better job of connecting with the humanity in the midst of politics. i'm dithering on starting season two because i am a serial binger and once i know damn well that starting the second season will soon consign me to the horrors of having to wait a week between episodes. i don't know if i can han…

i agree, smedley [or, smokers totally saved our planet in 1983]

so this conversation happened [via text, so i have evidence and possibly so does the canadian government and the nsa].

dom and i were trying to settle our mutual nerves about tomorrow night's conversion screening, remembering that we've made a fine little film that people should see. which is just about exactly what dom had said when i responded thusly:

me :: i agree smedley. [pauses for a moment] did you get that here?

dom :: no?

me :: the aliens who were looking at earth and then decided it wasn't worth bothering with because people smoked even though it was bad for them?
come to think of it, that might mean that smokers prevented an alien invasion in the seventies.

dom :: what ?!?!?

me :: i've had wine and very little food. [pause] but the alien thing was real. [pause.] well, real on tv.

dom :: please eat something.

of course, i was wrong. the ad in question ran in 1983. this is the part where i would triumphantly embed the ad from youtube, except that the governmen…

making faces :: written in the stars [in lipstick]

are themed collections of things you like dangerous to you? once you've started down a rabbit hole, does it become a necessity to complete the set, lest you be left forever feeling like something is missing from your life? are you interested in lipsticks? then stay away from the astrology by bite collection/ series that is rolling out month by month throughout 2018.

the collection is pretty much exactly what you think it is: a lipstick a month inspired by the zodiac sign that begins in that month. a lot of people are interested in getting the one for their own sign. but that's not me. i'm interested in collecting the whole damn thing. it helps that bite's amuse bouche lipstick formula is one of the nicest on the market and that i've been weeding through my collection of lipsticks to find those that have started to "turn" [smell like crayons or grow dry] so that in theory, i have room to add more. [you have enough lipsticks for three people who wear lipsti…